Wednesday 12th August. A bright evening saw a Bakers dozen (13 ) Cyclists leave via Skerne Rd, Lower Ham rd, Thames Towpath, Aerospace estate, Ham, Ham House, more Towpath to Richmond bridge, Ducks walk, St Margerets to Twickenham for refreshments at ‘the Sussex arms’, then Strawberry hill, Teddington, Hampton wick, Kingston bridge. Total 11 Miles, 4 new faces.
Sunday 9th August. A hot Sunny day saw 19 Cyclists gather at Tolworth Station for the Summer special Challenge ride leave via, the ‘Bonesgate’ path, Horton country park (where a small twig almost terminated the leaders ride, thankfully just the front mudguard payed the price), Ashtead common, Leatherhead, Fetcham, Great Bookham, Effingham, White down, Abinger, Holmbury St. Mary, Forest green to Walliswood for a splendid lunch at ‘the Scarlett arms’. Then via Okewood hill, Tipham, Ockley, Capel, Newdigate, Shellwood cross to Brockham Church for Tea & BP, then Betchworth park, Pixham, Westhumble, Juniper hill, Headley, Langley vale, Woodcote, Epsom common, West Ewell to Tolworth. Total 50 Miles, 5 new faces, 38 very tired legs.
Sunday 26th July. A mostly dull wet day, saw 11 Cyclists, (with 4 other non straters) gather at Woking, with the heavy rain stopping before we got to the Basingstoke canal towpath, then St. Johns, Knaphill, Bisley, Donkey town, Lightwater, Windlesham, to Chobham common for lunch at the ‘Four Horseshoes’, then via Gracious pond, Homewood park, Addlestone, Weybridge, Oatlands park, Ashley park, Walton on Thames, Thames towpath, Sunbury lock to say hello to Tony, (assistant lock-keeper ), Molesey where a jammed derailier almost finished our leaders ride, thankfully a bit of judicious twisting allowed us to continue to Molesey Cricket club for Tea & BP, then Hampton court bridge, more towpath to Kingston bridge & the Market place. Total 31 Miles, 2 new faces.
A dry bright evening saw 11 Cyclists leave via lower marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Malden manor, Stoneliegh, Nonsuch park, East Ewell, Ewell village for refreshments at the Wheatsheaf, the West Ewell, hogsmill path, Tolworth, where a puncture sufferer needed assistance from the leader, so the leaders baton passed to John W, back to Kingston. Total 14 Miles, 1 new face.
Sunday 12th July. A mostly cloudy day with light drizzle in the Morning, saw 19 Cyclists leave via Portsmouth Rd, Long Ditton, Claygate, Stokesheath Rd, Oxshott, Stoke D’Abernon, Downside, Ockham, Groveheath to Send Marsh for lunch at ‘the Saddlers arms, also bumping into a small contingent of CTC ‘Sou’westers’. Afterwards via Pyrford, West Byfleet, Basingstoke Canal & Wey Navigation towpath to Weybridge, Thames towpath to Walton bridge for Tea & BP at ‘Gino’s’, then Ashley park, Walton park, Esher, Weston green, Giggs hill green, Portsmouth Rd to Kingston. Total 34 Miles, 1 Puncture.
Sunday 21st June. Part 1, A mostly bright day saw 19 Cyclists leave via Portsmouth Rd, Long Ditton, Hinchley wood, Claygate, Malden rushett, Horton park, Long grove park, West Ewell, Hogsmill path, Tolworth, Malden manor to New Malden for lunch at ‘Woodies’, then via Berrylands and lower marsh to Kingston. Sub total 16 Miles, 3 new faces. Part 2, farewell to 9, hello to 3 fresh faces so 13 Cyclists left via Canbury Gardens, towpath to Ham, Aerospace estate, Ham House, Towpath to Richmond, O’Higgins Square, Richmond bridge, towpath to Marble hill house for Tea & BP, then St. Margerets, Twickenham, Kneller Gardens, Crane river path, Fulwell, Hampton, Bushy park, where a wayward Child Cyclist, (not with us), almost caused a calamitous incident with 2 of our group suffering some minor bruises, Hampton wick, Kingston Bridge. Sub total 14 Miles, Total 30 Miles.
A mostly bright, Sunny evening saw 13 Cyclists leave via Lower marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Coombe, Ladderstile gate of Richmond park, Pen ponds, Richmond gate to Richmond hill for refreshments at the ‘Roebuck’, before returning to Richmond park, to Kingston gate & Kingston. Total 12 Miles, 2 new faces.
Sunday 7th June. A bright and sunny day saw 28 Cyclists leave via Skerne Rd, Kingston gate of Richmond park to Sheen, Mortlake, Chiswick bridge, Chiswick, (where a piece of miscommunication led to a small detachment taking a different approach via Kew, Brentford, South Ealing, West Ealing, Perivale, (thanks Nick for rescuing the breakaway)) with the main party continuing Acton, Park Royal, then the Grand union canal towpath, across the Aqueduct, to Greenford for lunch at ‘the Black horse’. Afterwards, more Towpath to Southall, Norwood green to Osterley park for Tea & BP, then Osterley, Hounslow, Whitton, Twickenham, Fulwell, Bushy park, to Hampton wick & Kingston bridge. Total 30 Miles, 5 new faces.
Sunday 24th May. A mostly bright day, with a very light sprinkling of drizzle as we approached the finish, saw 29 Cyclists leave after a rethink for a lunch venue for such a crowd via Kingston bridge, Bushy park, Hampton, Lower Feltham, Ashford, Staines, Egham, (with a small delay for a jammed chain) to Englefield green for lunch at ‘the Barley mow’. Afterwards Bishopsgate of Windsor Great Park, Totem pole & Virginia water lake, Virginia water, St. Ann’s hill, Chertsey, Chertsey bridge, Shepperton to Walton bridge for Tea & BP at Gino’s, then Walton on Thames, Hersham, Esher, Weston green, Giggs hill green and Portsmouth Rd to Kingston. Total 36 Miles, 7 new faces, special mention for Mike the Unicyclist, who was a big talking point & great company.
Wednesday 20th May.
A bright evening with a chilly breeze, saw 4 cyclists leave via Kingston bridge, tow-path including a midgefest to Hampton court, East Molesey, Esher, Littleworth Common to Claygate, for refreshments at ‘the Griffin’, then Red lane, Woodstock Lane subway, Long Ditton, Surbiton and Kingston. Total 13 Miles.